SIGNS and WONDERS
These are confused times, a period when Americans rose up against imaginary threats and rallied
to economic theories they understood only in the gauziest terms. It is about a country where fears of radical takeover became epidemic even though radicals themselves had long since ceased to play any role in the national life; a land where ideological nightmares conjured by TV entertainers came to seem more vivid and compelling than the contents of the of the news pages.
Seen from another perspective, this is a conical of a miraculous time, of another “great Awakening,” of a revival crusade preaching the old-time religion of the fee market. It’s the story of a grassroots rebellion from the gloomy depths of defeat. Inevitably the words “populist” and “revolt” are applied to it, or the all out phrase chosen by Dick Armey, the Washington magnifico who heads one of the main insurgent organization: a “true bottom-up revolution.”
Let us confess that there is indeed something miraculous, something astonishing, about all this. Consider the barest facts; this is the fourth successful conservative uprising to happen in the last half century, each one slightly more rightward, and each one helping to compose a more spellbinding in the historical epoch that I call “the Great Backlash,” and that others call the “Age of Reagan” (the historian Sean Wilentz), the “Age of Greed” (the journalist Godfrey Hodgson), or the “Washington Consensus“.
- Dick Armey Gets $8M Golden Parachute To Leave Astroturfers FreedomWorks (joemygod.blogspot.com)